Takelog Systems

Takelog System Requirements

Sony P2
RS232 and RS422

Takelog - System Requirements

Takelog will run on almost any PC, from a lowly 386 to the fastest Pentium. However, the following minimum specification is recommended:

bulletIBM-PC compatible computer
bulletPentium Processor (greater than 60MHz)
bulletMicrosoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT or 2000
bullet2MB Free Hard Disc Space
bullet32MB RAM
bulletFast Serial Port (with 16550 UART or equivalent)
bulletParallel Port
bulletHewlett Packard compatible Laser Printer, or Canon Bubblejet compatible Ink-Jet Printer
bulletMouse or other pointing device
bullet3.5" Floppy DIsc Drive

IBM-PC compatible computer with Pentium processor

Takelog can run on almost any PC - for a couple of years the main Takelog system in Studio One at Abbey Road Studios ran under DOS on an old IBM 286 machine. However, to get the full benefit of the system, a computer capable of running a 32-bit version of Microsoft Windows is required. Both Desktops and Laptops are suitable, and most modern laptop machines are quiet enough for use in the most critical of listening environments. Takelog only accesses the disc drive when loading and saving takelists, or when setting various system options. If the computer has no fan, and shuts down the disc drive when it is not in use, then the computer will be silent for most of the time when Takelog is being used.

Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT or 2000

Takelog is a DOS program, and technically can be run quite happily on a system without Microsoft Windows. However, both the installation program and the Sonic Solutions Project Converter require Windows to function.

2MB Free Hard Disc Space

The Takelog software is extremely compact, especially compared with the "bloat-ware" offered by most of the software industry these days. A complete installation requires less than two megabytes of disc space. Take List files created by Takelog are also extremely compact - typically 20K for a large session with hundreds of takes.


As mentioned above, Takelog is extremely compact, and only requires about 400K of RAM to work. The recommendation is given because Microsoft Windows will generally work much better with a minimum of 32MB installed.

Fast Serial Port (with 16550 UART or equivalent)

The serial port is Takelog's way of communicating with a tape machine, both for reading timecode and controlling the tape transport. Most PC's are equipped with an RS232 port, which needs converting to RS422 in order to communicate with Sony P2 format machines. This can be done in a number of ways - either by adding an RS232 to RS422 converter, or by adding a separate RS422 port. See the RS232 and RS422 page for a full discussion about serial ports and their use with Takelog.

The standard "baud rate" for communication with P2 machines is 38400 bits per second. This data rate can be quite high for the serial ports found on very old PCs. Virtually all PCs made in the last ten years will have faster ports, built around the 16550 UART chip (or an equivalent). This chip has a FIFO (First-In, First-Out) buffer, which helps to avoid loss of data.

Parallel Port

The standard parallel "Printer" port is needed for connecting the printer and the "dongle". The Takelog software is protected from piracy by a small dongle that plugs into the port. The printer lead then plugs into the dongle, which is "transparent" to all data being sent to the printer.

Hewlett Packard compatible Laser Printer, or Canon Bubblejet compatible Ink-Jet Printer

The printer is only needed for printing take lists. Because the DOS operating system doesn't provide standard printer drivers, enabling any DOS application to print to any type of printer, the Takelog software includes its own drivers. These are provided for the 2 most common standards used by almost all printer manufacturers.

Mouse or other pointing device

Takelog can easily be used with keyboard alone, and was for many years on the system in Studio One at Abbey Road. But a mouse can help! All the functions in the software can be accessed with simple key combinations.

3.5" Floppy Drive

The software is supplied on a 3.5" 1.4MB Floppy Disc. CD-ROMs can be supplied on request, or the latest versions can be downloaded from the download page.

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